Preview | Orlando Pride Travel to North Carolina on Saturday


ORLANDO, Florida (May 21, 2021) – The Orlando Pride (0-0-1, 1 point) Make your way to the North Carolina Courage (0-0-1, 1 point) at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday, May 22nd. The starting gun will go off at 7 p.m. ET. The game can be streamed on Paramount +, with international viewers listening to Twitch.

“You are a very, very difficult opponent. It’s going to be a tough challenge, ”said Orlando Pride head coach Marc Skinner. “We have to do more than last time, but we have to add a bigger threat in the future and the clinical opportunities we want to create. I think we know how to do that, and only if we play that consistency together will we have more opportunities to score a goal and win the game. “

The Pride and Courage will attempt to break a dead end that dates back to the last three competitions, with two goalless draws and a 3-3 result through the final trio of games. Most recently, on May 1, Pride brought home a point in a goalless draw at WakeMed Soccer Park’s The City Beautiful to finish the game in the NWSL Challenge Cup.

Orlando will enter the game on Saturday after drawing a 1-1 draw with the Washington Spirit in the regular season opener last Sunday. Ashley Hatch opened the game late and received a cross in the 76th minute before being answered by Alex Morgan for leveling in the 84th minute.

Morgan’s goal was her first since the 2018 season, now the fourth member of the team to find the back of the net in the calendar year. The defender Phoebe McClernon recorded the first goal contribution of her professional career at exactly this point and received the template.

North Carolina opened its 2021 regular season with a tie, a goalless game at Cheney Stadium against OL Reign. Goalkeeper Casey Murphy scored three saves for the courage to keep the government goalless and bring a point back to North Carolina.

Debinha became the top scorer of the Challenge Cup with three finishes, while teammate Jessica McDonald led the league with three assists.

After Saturday’s game, Pride is on the verge of a quick turnaround that will face the Portland Thorns on Wednesday, May 26th at Exploria Stadium, before Kansas City’s first time at The City Beautiful on Sunday, May 30th is carried out.


Janet Smith